Enlightened despots were always a strange concept to me. The idea of somebody ruling iron-fisted over an entire empire never seemed enlightened to me, but I suppose back then things were different. For Russia, Catherine the Great brought the land into a new age. Despite her empowerment of the oligarchy, she caught the country up with western Europe—effectively solidifying Russia as a global power. Though she rose to power in questionable ways, she sought the counsel of some of the most cherished thinkers of the time as she lead her country. That’s cool I guess.
1. Coup d’etat? No. Not happening:
Coat by Carven, dress by Dolce & Gabbana, shoes by Lanvin
2. I’m pretty great, I guess:
Coat by Prabal Gurung, dress by Chloe, shoes by Jean Paul Gaultier
3. Meeting of the minds:
Dress by Valentino, shoes by Dolce & Gabbana
Winter in New York can seem endless. Frankly, that’s fine with me. I hate the summer—it’s hot, it smells and the streets are crowded. In winter, it’s cold, empty of crowds (except the holiday shoppers) and familiar. Were it my choice, the city would be locked in an endless winter. Endless winters were the specialty of C.S. Lewis’ White Witch from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. In her bid for control of Narnia, the parallel world beyond the doors of an enchanted wardrobe, she kept it a constant state of frostiness. The book, which everybody should read and re-read, is the story for the battle of Narnia’s freedom from winter.
1. Have Some More Turkish Delight
Cape by Valentino, fur by Lanvin, dress by Elie Saab, shoes by Carven
2. 2 Sons of Adam? 2 Daugthers of Eve?
Dress by Alexander McQueen, fur by Marni, shoes by Meadham Kirchoff
3. I Said, Brrrr it’s Cold in Here
Cape by Valentino, dress and shoes by Acne
Eowyn is a secondary character in Lord of the Rings, but one of the most important. We don’t see her until The Two Towers, where she’s introduced as strong, independent and proud. She cares very much for her kingdom of Rohan and its king, Theodan. As the land slips closer and closer to Sauron’s hands, Eowyn refuses to be silent. Disguising herself as a man, she rides into The Battle of Gondor where she encounters Witch-king of Angmar, Lord of the Nazgul. After beheading his beast, she goes head to head with him to accomplish what no man before her was able to do.
1. To Helm’s Deep
Coat by Billy Reid, dress by Prabal Gurung, shoes by Isabel Marant
2. Holding Court at Edoras
Cape by Hermes, dress by Derek Lam, shoes by Chloe
3. “I Am No Man.”
Coat by Giambattista Valli, dress by Christopher Kane, boots by Prabal Gurung
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is coming out on Friday, and people won’t stop talking about it—hardly surprising given the reaction to the books and first film. The series’ heroine, Katniss Everdeen, has become a household name, along with Jennifer Lawrence for her portrayal of the tribute. Katniss is strong-willed, independent, resourceful and kind. That much is obvious from the very beginning of the story as she cares for and protects her younger sister, Prim. And later, as she looks after other tributes in The Arena. I have no idea what happens next in the series, but at the very least, it will be entertaining to watch.
1. The Reeping:
Coat by Dries van Noten, dress by Band of Outsiders, boots by Belstaff
2. The Girl on Fire:
Dress by Valentino, shoes by Altuzarra
3. The Arena:
Jacket by Prabal Gurung, pants by DKNY, boots by 3.1 Phillip Lim